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  • November 24, 2014
    Stink Bugs Expected to Enter Homes as Temperatures Dip

    As autumn approaches and cooler weather moves in, stink bugs are likely to make an appearance inside homes in the coming weeks, if they haven’t already.

    “Adult stink bugs are known to take flight in search of overwintering sites in the late fall,” our New York City and Northern New Jersey Technical Specialist, John Kane said. “During this time, they can slip into our living spaces through small openings in window screens and other harborage areas, so it’s important for homeowners to consider pest-proofing before an infestation develops.”

    Although stink bugs don’t present a health threat to people, the fact that they look to our homes as a winter vacation spot makes them a major nuisance. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following prevention tips to minimize the chance of a stink bug invasion:

    • Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans and light switches to prevent stink bugs from entering the home.
    • Replace outdoor lighting with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to stink bugs.
    • Repair damaged window screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
    • Install screens over the chimney and attic vents.
    • Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. Consider using a dehumidifier.
    • If stink bugs have already entered a home, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately to prevent odor from permeating the area.

    If you suspect you have a stink bug issue, get in touch with a pest control professional before your stink bug issue becomes an infestation.

     


     

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  • November 17, 2014
    Mosquitoes: A Newsworthy Vector Pest

    Throughout the summer months and even into early fall, you may have heard some stories on the news about mosquito-related disease and illnesses, and have wondered whether or not mosquitoes in your area are harmful to you, your family, or your pets.

    While mosquitoes are in fact a vector pest, also known as an organism, typically a biting insect or tick, that can transmit a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another, not all mosquitoes are dangerous or able to transfer disease.

    We recently met up with our New York City and Northern New Jersey Technical Specialist, John Kane, who revealed, “Some of what ends up in the news is exciting and/or scary sounding. But it’s important to be aware whether or not the mosquito-related or vector borne illnesses being discussed on the news are a cause for concern or not.”

    Chikungunya , one of the diseases we’ve heard about this summer, is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes that causes fever and severe joint pain, according to the World Health Organization. However, neither Chikungunya, nor the closely related Dengue fever of the tropics, are prevalent in the United States, and are extremely rare throughout our coverage areas.

    Kane, also a board-certified entomologist, explained, Chikungunya typically occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Travelers may return to the U.S. with cases of this after vacationing abroad, but it’s usually not enough to get a transmission cycle started in the U.S. Except for a few isolated cases, these issues are quickly resolved and people are restored to full health.

    Despite vector-borne illnesses occurring throughout the world, you should still consider employing mosquito control at home and throughout your property to reduce the potential threat these pests can cause, like West Nile Virus.

    Be sure to check out our Mosquito Bite Prevention Infographic for more tips on how you can keep a pest-free property and reduce your risk of mosquito bites.

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  • November 10, 2014
    Mosquitoes Still a Fall Pest Concern

    Throughout the years, mosquitoes have been the cause for many itchy bug bugs, especially during the summer and early fall seasons. As the weather starts to cool down, people tend to assume that these pests will have gone away with the cold weather. However, mosquitoes can still linger well into late October-early November, and should still be kept top of mind when it comes to pest prevention.

    Our New York City and Northern New Jersey Technical Specialist, John Kane, said, “Homeowners should definitely expect mosquito problems well into the fall.”

    Just because the weather is cooling down, doesn’t’ mean you should go lax on protecting your home and the landscaping habits you’ve been maintaining all summer.

    Kane explains, “Make sure that your gutters aren’t clogged up with leaves and other debris. Certain pests, especially mosquitoes, love to use this area for breeding. Consider a gutter cleaning service that can help keep your gutters clean and free from debris to prevent potential pest issues.”

    Also, he said, “Get rid of all standing water on your property, and be sure to clean out all kid’s play equipment, toys, and even bird baths on a regular basis. These areas are very attractive to a number of pests and if left ignored, can cause pest issues well into fall.”

    If you find you’re running into mosquito issues on your property, consider contacting a pest-professional to help resolve them right away.

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